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High Hopes and Reasonable Expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers

Jami Hudson joins the Blazer’s Edge Podcast to discuss Portland’s future.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Jamie Hudson of NBCSportsNorthwest joins Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang to talk all things related to the Portland Trail Blazers in Las Vegas Summer League, the emergence of Wade Baldwin, Anfernee Simons showing more than expected early on, CJ McCollum’s shoe release, the growth of Zach Collins and more! Danny and Tara break down what really matters in Vegas, what’s best to observe and what’s better to discount, plus highest hopes and reasonable expectations for Portland’s younger players.


  • Intro
  • Opening Comments
  • Jamie Hudson joins the show
  • Things you may notice in the media section
  • Caleb Swanigan talking on the floor
  • How do you get this far into the show and not mention Wade Baldwin
  • Has Baldwin played himself into a contract with the Blazers this season
  • Wade Baldwin and #fullthrottle
  • Veteran Blazers and the impact on the young Blazers
  • CJ McCollum appreciates Anfernee Simons’ patience early on
  • McCollum’s shoe release
  • Biggest changes for Zach Collins between last year and this year
  • Anfernee Simons’ focus for the season- targeting the defensive side of the ball
  • Jamie’s latest
  • How will the young players work their way onto the floor
  • How can Simons get on the court
  • Small forward position is wide open
  • Theme for the season; High hopes, reasonable expectations
  • Gary Trent Jr, what’s the path for him this year
  • Can Trent Jr. be a defender
  • If Baldwin is guaranteed, how do the Blazers utilize him
  • Can Baldwin bring the nasty
  • Caleb Swanigan continues to struggle offensively
  • Zach Collins struggling to finish inside
  • Collins is showing out defensively but his offense is still a ways off
  • How does Collins improve offensively
  • Summer League Jake Layman
  • Will Layman make the leap from SL to the regular season
  • Will the Blazers tinker with the idea of Layman at the 4 this year
  • Favorite things about Summer League so far
  • Takeaways from Summer League overall
  • Closing Comments
  • Outro